I’ve lots of Muppet stuff. It’s on my cabinets, on my partitions, in containers below the mattress and within the closet. It’s lots of stuff. And but, there have been these objects of Muppet merchandise by means of the years that caught my eye, that I coveted, however that I by no means owned.
Amongst these things: The Jim Henson Hour lunchbox.
I like The Jim Henson Hour. My fellow Robust Pig Anthony Strand and I’ve speculated that the 2 of us could also be on the prime of the checklist of World’s Largest Jim Henson Hour Followers. We even traded off on an episodic assessment sequence of the present for its 25th anniversary.
Not like the overwhelming majority of Earth’s inhabitants, I truly watched a lot of the present because it aired. I used to be a younger Muppet fan who had solely seen a handful of Muppet Present episodes, however I beloved the mix of unusual, imaginative Muppet segments and stranger, much more imaginative fantasy segments. It was like… like… Nicely, it wasn’t actually like something. It was a category-defying primetime stage on which Jim Henson received to point out off all of the cool stuff he and his collaborators may do with fashionable tv expertise.
Sadly, the TV viewers of 1989 didn’t know what to make of it, and it was cancelled by NBC fairly rapidly. A number of the episodes didn’t even air on American TV till they had been integrated right into a package deal of Henson specials on Nickelodeon in 1993. It didn’t go away a lot of an impression.
And but, one way or the other, ONE piece of Jim Henson Hour merchandise received made. It’s not a Vicki motion determine, or a Residing with Dinosaurs doll, or a build-your-own-Ultragorgon package.
It’s a lunchbox.
It was made by the Thermos firm, which made lots of licensed lunchboxes in these days, and nonetheless does. I simply took a fast journey to Thermos.com and located lunchboxes bearing the pictures of Good day Kitty and Spider-Man, and the title of Jojo Siwa.
There’s not a lot to the Jim Henson Hour lunchbox. The Thermos itself doesn’t have an image of Kermit or the White Lion, or something. There’s only one photograph on the floor of the lunchbox, that includes some Muppets busting out of a TV with the present’s brand. As an astute Muppet Wiki editor factors out, it’s an odd selection that “[t]he picture makes use of the brand new, unknown characters, fairly than acquainted faces like Kermit the Frog or Gonzo, who additionally appeared on the present.” Maybe the Henson folks and the Thermos folks had been actually betting on Zondra and Digit being embraced whole-heartedly by America’s kids.
On the other aspect is nothing. Only a clean void of yellow plastic. Moreover – because the always-insightful wiki additionally factors out – The Jim Henson Hour premiered at midseason and was cancelled in the summertime, so by the point the 1989-1990 college yr began, the present had disappeared.
I ponder, did Jim Henson personal certainly one of these? I hope he did. I hope he carried his lunch in it when he went to go to the units of The Witches or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
It’s not shocking that I didn’t know the lunchbox existed again in 1989, though I want I had. Firstly of each college yr, after we went purchasing for new college provides, my mother and father would let my siblings and me select a brand new lunchbox. These issues suffered lots of put on and tear, I suppose. At numerous instances, I had an ALF lunchbox, a Silverhawks lunchbox, and no less than one Tremendous Mario Bros. lunch field. (Now see when you can guess how previous I’m!)
If I had come throughout a Jim Henson Hour lunchbox, I’d have grabbed it. I’d have cherished the chance to be the one child within the cafeteria carrying pimento cheese sandwiches in a container that includes the smiling face of Ubu. The closest I ever got here was the time, within the mid-Nineties, when I discovered a Utterly Psychological Misadventures of Ed Grimley lunchbox on the backside of a lunchbox bin. That Saturday morning cartoon was in all probability equally as obscure as The Jim Henson Hour, however I had additionally been a daily viewer of Martin Quick’s animated alter ego when the present aired in 1988. At that late date, I handed it by. If solely it had been Leon fairly than Ed grinning at me from that plastic enclosure!
Now, right here’s the factor: An internet site referred to as eBay is now at my fingertips. The Jim Henson Hour lunchbox is usually obtainable from a number of sellers, and it’s usually fairly reasonably priced. Why haven’t I purchased one but? I don’t know.
However certainly one of today I’ll. I’ll truly get round to purchasing one, after which I can show it proudly with the remainder of my Muppet assortment. Possibly I’ll pack myself a lunch in it, take it into the lounge, and eat out of it whereas I watch The Jim Henson Hour. I reckon somewhat field of Sunmaid raisins would go nice with the Buster Poindexter episode.
By the way in which: Sure, I had pimento cheese sandwiches in my college lunches. On daily basis from kindergarten by means of my senior yr of highschool. Sure, I’m conscious that’s type of bizarre.
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by Ryan Roe – Ryan@ToughPigs.com